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A Vote of Confidence

For Jennifer Russi '10, a mentoring relationship became a once-in-a-lifetime experience in international relations.

Any Agnes Scott alumna will be able to name at least one professor who had a lasting impact on her life. For Jennifer Russi, that professor is Eleanor Morris. “She pushed me to think more deeply. She also pushed me to apply for an internship at The Carter Center. I didn’t go to her. She came to me. Having that kind of support from a professor like her—this impressive academic and someone I really look up to—was critical."

Professor Morris’ encouragement had profound benefits. Interning with The Carter Center’s Democracy Program, Jennifer has helped educate workers in nongovernmental organizations from all over the world about human rights and has observed elections in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. “These experiences have been amazing, but they’re not something I could have done if I’d gone to school somewhere else," Jennifer says. "The support I got at Agnes Scott was instrumental. Anything I do going forward is building off that strong foundation.”

Faculty Excellence

A Broad Vision Meets Singular Focus

Support for Faculty Excellence: $15 Million Total

Agnes Scott’s faculty receives high marks on every measure of student learning and satisfaction, including from the National Survey of Student Engagement and The Princeton Review. To ensure the continued excellence of our faculty, we must offer opportunities for professional development and resources to help professors realize their full potential as educators.

[$6 million]


Along with recognizing and rewarding outstanding senior faculty, providing endowed professorships also help us recruit and retain rising stars. Funds will support permanent and, for promising tenure-track or newly tenured faculty, three-year rotating professorships.

[$3 million]

Professorships in Public Health and 
Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Our new interdisciplinary programs prepare students to be leaders in tackling some of the world’s most critical issues. These professorships will provide each program with a dedicated faculty position.

[$1.5 million]

Margaret W. Pepperdene Professorship

With her love for students, rigorous intellect and dramatic flair, the late Professor Emerita of English Margaret W. “Jane” Pepperdene touched countless lives in her more than 30 years at Agnes Scott. To honor such an inspiring teacher, we are creating a named professorship in the English department.


[$2.5 million]

Departmental Excellence Funds

Departmental Excellence Funds will give the dean and department chairs the ability to directly support promising scholarly work within a department or a set of departments by funding critical components such as travel, research and archival access.

[$2 million]

Faculty Innovation Funds

Investing in faculty development enables superlative educational opportunities—and ensures that we retain the talented teacher-scholars who provide them. These funds will enable faculty to develop interdisciplinary projects, finish books, attend conferences with students and include students in research.